PM's tours lift party ahead of vote

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Prime Minister David Cameron has urged constituents in Newark to vote Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has urged constituents in Newark to vote Conservative

David Cameron's four visits to Newark appear to have paid off according to a poll which indicates the Conservatives are on course to hold the constituency in Thursday's by-election.

Lord Ashcroft's poll puts the Tories on 42%, 15 points ahead of second-placed Ukip on 27%, with Labour trailing in third on 20%.

The results show an upturn in support for the Conservatives compared to last week's Survation poll for the Sun which put the party on 36%, with Ukip on 28% and Labour at 27%.

Lord Ashcroft said the differences shown by the two surveys could be down to his counting of "shy voters" who refuse to say or claim not to know how they will vote in relation to how they voted in the last election, with more of these likely to be Tories.

The Tory peer also released figures showing 70% of voters planning to back Ukip's Roger Helmer in the by-election are doing so in a general protest to show they are unhappy with all the parties.

The poll also showed a majority of Ukip supporters - more than six in 10 - said they were backing Nigel Farage's party to send a message that they were unhappy with their usual party.

The results emerged as the Prime Minister visited Newark for a fourth time in the campaign, telling voters he understood "temptations" to vote for other parties.

Ukip is hoping to capitalise on its success in the recent local and European elections and overturn the Conservative majority in the seat. It became vacant when former Tory MP Patrick Mercer, who had served as an independent since May last year, resigned over a lobbying scandal in April.

He stepped down amid allegations he asked questions in Parliament in return for money and did not contest the findings of a report into his conduct which suspended him from the Commons for six months.

Mr Cameron, who was on the campaign trail alongside Foreign Secretary William Hague, admitted Mr Mercer had "let down" his constituents.

"He did let you down. What he did was completely wrong," he said. "Often in by-elections people think 'Well, you let me down, why should I?' So I wanted to come here personally.

"There's always temptations to go off and vote for another party, to send a message about this or give the Government a kick about that and that's absolutely people's right, we live in a democracy.

"You choose. You're my boss - you're his boss. If you think he'd do a good job, vote for him; if you think I do a good job, vote for me at the next election. If you want to get rid of me at the next election, vote for someone else."

Mr Cameron insisted Tory candidate Robert Jenrick was committed to the Nottinghamshire constituency's long-term future unlike the other parties' representatives, who the PM claimed view the poll as a way to make gains in the run-up to the general election.

He said: "Remember all those posters years ago - a dog is for life, not just for Christmas - it is a bit the same with your member of Parliament.

"I know Robert will be here, will be working hard because he is committed to the long-term future of people in Newark and Nottingham.

"The other parties just see this as trying to make a bit of progress for something else they want to do elsewhere in the country. That is how Labour, how Ukip, how the others are addressing this by-election."

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman were also in Newark to support their candidate Michael Payne.

Ms Harman posted a picture online of the group at a supermarket checkout "buying fish for supper".

The other eight candidates standing in Thursday's election are: David Watts for the Liberal Democrats; David Kirwan from the Green Party; two independents Paul Baggaley and Andy Hayes; Lee Woods from the Patriotic Socialist Party; David Bishop from the Bus Pass Elvis Party; Dick Rodgers from Stop Commercial Banks Owning Britain's Money and Nick The Flying Brick from The Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

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4:13pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Izanears says...

What Call me Dave wants to remember is that voters are also for life, not just for election days. All to often once the votes are counted we cease to exist.
What Call me Dave wants to remember is that voters are also for life, not just for election days. All to often once the votes are counted we cease to exist. Izanears
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4:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

He Touched So Many...... says...

Conservatives are all Christmas Turkeys in the 2015 election - stuffed!
Conservatives are all Christmas Turkeys in the 2015 election - stuffed! He Touched So Many......
  • Score: 3

4:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

He Touched So Many...... says...

Izanears wrote:
What Call me Dave wants to remember is that voters are also for life, not just for election days. All to often once the votes are counted we cease to exist.
that was certainly the case in Bournemouth with Butterfield..mind you, he turned into a 'Butterball' after the expenses came to light......which Ellwood should bear in mind..there's a bit more to it than wearing a blazer ...:)
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: What Call me Dave wants to remember is that voters are also for life, not just for election days. All to often once the votes are counted we cease to exist.[/p][/quote]that was certainly the case in Bournemouth with Butterfield..mind you, he turned into a 'Butterball' after the expenses came to light......which Ellwood should bear in mind..there's a bit more to it than wearing a blazer ...:) He Touched So Many......
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4:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Erastothenes says...

Conservative party candidates must be absolutely thrilled to be compared with dogs by their leader!
Conservative party candidates must be absolutely thrilled to be compared with dogs by their leader! Erastothenes
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Erastothenes says...

Mind you I don't suppose the dogs are too pleased!
Mind you I don't suppose the dogs are too pleased! Erastothenes
  • Score: 3

4:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

collos25 says...

He raises a stir because the favourite for the post of head of the EU suddenly disagrees with him but he has known about this for weeks.I never thought anybody could hit the poor and sick as much as his party but he is just the same old tory in a different wrapper how much can I give my friends so they will be my friend when I am finished with being a so called MP.
He raises a stir because the favourite for the post of head of the EU suddenly disagrees with him but he has known about this for weeks.I never thought anybody could hit the poor and sick as much as his party but he is just the same old tory in a different wrapper how much can I give my friends so they will be my friend when I am finished with being a so called MP. collos25
  • Score: 3

4:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

pjl20 says...

The Conservative candidate in Newark is a wealthy property owner from a particularly prosperous family.

What is our PM David Cameron telling us in Newark. That if this man is elected next Thursday, 5th June, that the town will be saddled with him for 'life' ?
The Conservative candidate in Newark is a wealthy property owner from a particularly prosperous family. What is our PM David Cameron telling us in Newark. That if this man is elected next Thursday, 5th June, that the town will be saddled with him for 'life' ? pjl20
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6:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

#UKMum says...

"He touched so many"
Ah yes and the funds went straight offshore didn't they Davey.
"He touched so many" Ah yes and the funds went straight offshore didn't they Davey. #UKMum
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8:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

David Cameron's DOWN DOWN DOWN
Lord Ashcroft's DOWN DOWN DOWN
LIB DEM DOWN DOWN DOWN
UKIP DOWN DOWN DOWN
LABOUR ALL THE WAY YES YES YES YES
David Cameron's DOWN DOWN DOWN Lord Ashcroft's DOWN DOWN DOWN LIB DEM DOWN DOWN DOWN UKIP DOWN DOWN DOWN LABOUR ALL THE WAY YES YES YES YES jenkinsroy
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10:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Ms Harman posted a picture online of the group at a supermarket checkout "buying fish for supper"."

Nice to know the servants get at least one day off a year.
"Ms Harman posted a picture online of the group at a supermarket checkout "buying fish for supper"." Nice to know the servants get at least one day off a year. Katie Re-Registered
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